GoingSony Update: Private Messages

Howdy folks. Just dropping by to let you all know about a new feature launch on the site: Private Messages

At the bottom left of the page (next to your name), there is now a little envelope icon. The number next to it shows how many unread messages you have in your inbox. Clicking the icon will take you to your inbox where you can view messages, respond, and begin new conversations. You can send a PM to up to 10 users at once. Also, if have someone on your "Foes" list, they will not be able to PM you. Hooray privacy!

Every time you receive a new message, you will be notified via e-mail. If you want to turn this feature off, click on your username in the bottom navigation bar and uncheck "Notify Me on New Private Messages" under the Profile Settings tab.

We're not done yet. The ability to start a PM from a user's profile page is in the works as well as some form of a message board system is coming (ETA unknown)!

See a bug? Got questions? Hit me up on my Twitter (@t27duck) or better yet, send me a PM!

Lgndary Thoughts - Your Thoughts

Friday is here and the weekend is upon us! About time if I do say so myself. But not only is this the conclusion of the work week, its the conclusion of the third GoingSony giveaway. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

First off I would like to thank everyone for being so active this week. This is probably the best Giveaway Week I’ve had so far. Obviously though, I would like to see people participate more even when I am not giving away a game. I have not decided yet, but for next month I may decide to raise the comment count recruitment significantly more than I have been doing. That way to be eligible, people would need to be active more often. Again, I have not decided for sure yet, so please leave any feedback you have in the comments.

I would also love to hear what you all would like to see on the site. What kind of a job have I been doing? Any features you would like to see in the future? Anything I do that you don’t like? And do you have any ideas for what we can do to bring in more users? Please, PLEASE let me know in the comments. And if you would rather not do that, you can always send me a tweet, or an email will also do fine. Thanks everyone! And be sure to check back tomorrow to see the winner of Infamous: First Light!

Lgndary Thoughts - GoingSony's 10,000th Post!

Wow! Believe it or not this Lgndary Thought is the 10,000th post on GoingSony! Isn't that crazy?! Because of this, today’s post will be just a little bit different. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

Something that I want to make clear right from the very beginning. Not even half of those post are mine. Most of the 10,000 were a direct result from RMC and Cort working incredibly hard to not only continue work on GoNintendo, but to try to get this site off the ground. I think they did a hell of a job, and none of what has been accomplished to far would be possible without them. 

I have only been part of the “Go” family for about 5 months now, but rest assured I’m not Going anywhere. I plan on working hard everyday to continue the site growth, and I know Cort is just as motivated. Thanks to everyone that visits the site, hopefully you all will stick around for a long time.

Lgndary Thoughts - How is everyone liking Destiny?

Thats right, another Destiny Thought! I figured it would only be appropriate as today is Destiny’s launch day. Originally I was planning on posting a unboxing video of the Ghost Edition, but after thinking about it I came to the conclusion that a lot of other people would be doing the same thing. Instead, I’ll just do a short and sweet version for today so we can all enjoy us some Destiny. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

Unfortunately, I have yet to actually play the game myself. I have just had enough time to unpack my Ghost Edition, and write up today’s Thought. On the topic of the Ghost Edition though, I am actually blown away by this special edition. It is actually probably the best limited edition I own. The way everything is presented really conveys the sense of mystery that I expect will be in the full game. And just like the game, the first thing you see after jumping in is your Ghost! I thought that was a really nice touch (or maybe just a coincidence).

So now I know that the Ghost Edition is awesome, it’s time for me to start the game! I hope all of you are enjoying it, be sure to let me know in the comments what you think of the game so far. I’ll be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what everyone thinks. Happy gaming! 

Lgndary Thoughts - Destiny Awaits

The day is almost upon us everyone. In just a few short hours Destiny will finally be released to the masses. It feels like it was just yesterday when all that info got leaked. I remember being excited for it then, even though I only had concept art to go on. It wasn't until recently, however, that it became the unbelievable hype train of a game that it is today. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I have never owned an Xbox. Those systems are just not for me, and as such, I have never played Halo. Something else that I don’t think is for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I think the game is bad. I just know that it isn't something that I would ever be interested in playing. I understand full well that they are good games, and that Bungie is a great video game studio. That is why when rumors started to come out saying that Bungie was working on a beast of a franchise. A franchise that would be on Playstation consoles, not that was exciting. 

When Destiny was finally, officially, revealed, I couldn't contain my excitement. Neither could my brother or our friends. So I was actually pretty surprised when I saw people saying things like this. And it wasn't just Kotaku. The general feeling about Destiny was pretty meh, I couldn't believe it! This was Bungie we were talking about! I was actually starting to get worried. I knew that Bungie and Activision were putting a lot on the line. If Destiny turned out to be a flop I was afraid it would have meant something awful for Bungie. 

Luckily, when the Alpha was released for the PS4, and regular people finally got a chance to play for themselves, everything changed. Suddenly no one could stop talking about the shared world shooter, and it has pretty much been that way since then. Before the Alpha I was worried that it could turn out to be a sales flop. Now, I feel it could be the biggest game of the year. It’s amazing how the hype of something can change so quickly. If there is a lesson in all of this though, it’s that developer should let more people play their games early!

Lgndary Thoughts - The Next PS Vita Port

In this day and age, we get a lot of games being ported or remade to new systems. Sometimes developers choose to upgrade their games to current gen, and others decide they want their games on a handheld. In fact, it was just announced that The Unfinished Swan would be coming to the PS4 and the PS Vita. Borderlands 2 was released on PS Vita a few months ago, and there are plenty of other games that have been ported to Sony’s handheld as well. So my question today is, what game do you think should hit the PS Vita next? Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For me, it is hard to pick just one. I want a game that I know I would enjoy, but I also want a game that I feel could help out the PS Vita in sales a bit. So after some thought I decided that the game that most closely fits the criteria is Kingdom Hearts 1.5 or 2.5 (or both). Kingdom Hearts has been going through an interesting phase here lately. The last numbered KH came out in 2006, and KH3 has yet to receive a release date. Square Enix was smart to put the most important games of the franchise on PS3 to help fans get though the drought. But I think PS Vita owners would eat up the games just as fast. 

Other games I thought about were Final Fantasy XII and Journey. Journey would be great, but I don’t think it would drive Vita sales. Final Fantasy XII would drive sales for sure, but I think Kingdom Hearts has become a little bit more mainstream than this one FF game.

Now it’s your turn! What game would you like to see ported to the PS Vita next? I decided to include a sales factor in my decision, but that doesn't mean you have to. Just pick a game and tell me why you think it should be on PS Vita!

Lgndary Thoughts - Playstation Direct?

For those of you that are Nintendo fans, you probably know that a Bayonetta Direct was held today revealing a lot of new info about the Wii U exclusive. Nintendo first started their Directs in 2011, and have since rolled out a new one every few months. I myself love a good Direct, and I think it is a great way to announce new info, as well as generate some excitement. My question today is, should Sony have their own “Directs”? Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I will say that it’s not like Sony has no means of getting their fans new info on their games. The Playstation Blog is a very popular website that is updated daily with big news. Sony has even used the PS Blog to announce AAA games like Playstation All Stars, and LittleBigPlanet Karting. I don’t know if it would be a good idea to abandon the blog in favor of a Direct like system. So if they wanted to start, the difficult thing would be having enough news to support both methods. 

Does that much gaming news exist? Maybe, but I don’t think so. In recent years Sony has been live streaming all of their press conferences. Now E3, Gamescom, and TGS can be watched by almost everyone. When Sony has a big enough announcement, something that is too big for the blog, they would just put the news in a conference. 

It is hard to see much of a reason for Sony to follow in Nintendo’s steps when it comes to Directs. If anything I just think they could maybe have a stream in the Spring when there are not any shows for Sony to attend. And maybe Sony could introduce game specific streams to give all of the little details of a game some spotlight. Other than that, I think Sony should probably just stick with what they have been doing.

Lgndary Thoughts - Persona to the Rescue!

After taking a break from the press conference yesterday I would like to return to it today with the announcement that Persona 5 will launch on the PS4 with the PS3. It was one of the few surprises of the conference that actually got me excited. I’m sure a lot of other people are happy about this news too, but the real question is; will Persona 5 be the system seller that the PS4 needs? Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I’d like to point out that it is fairly obvious that if Persona 5 were exclusive to the PS4 it would send the system flying off the shelves (in Japan). I don’t think anyone would question that. Persona is a pretty big series in Japan, and any console that has one sells very well at launch. Even the PS Vita received a big boost in sales when Persona 4 Golden launched in Japan. The problem with 5 is that it is also coming out on a platform with a huge install base. Anyone that is thinking about buying a PS4 in Japan likely already has a PS3, and thus, already has a means to play Persona 5.

I would like to think that Japanese players have just been waiting for something to play on PS4. Whether they already had access to the game or not. It is a little hard to believe, but maybe Persona 5, Final Fantasy Type 0, and Dragon Quest Heroes can combine their RPG might to finally convince Japanese gamers to invest. Even if all three can be played on another system.

Lgndary Thoughts - September's PS Plus Games have arrived!

It’s that time of the month! September's PS Plus games arrived with today's update. Just like last month, we have a pretty great line up, but for a completely different reason. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For those of you that have not seen yet, here is September’s PS Plus line up:

Velocity 2X (PS4, PS Vita)

Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PS Vita)

Hoard (PS3)

Joe Danger (PS Vita)

TxK (PS Vita)

Right off the bat I’ll say that I liked last months games better. This month looks great, but it isn't as exciting as August. But just like last month it’s really great to see so many games are cross buy. A couple of months ago Sony said that each month each of their platforms would receive two games each. I really do appreciate that they are going the extra mile to give some of these games out even when they are not obligated to. 

Now about the games themselves. My most anticipated is easily Velocity 2X. Part of that is because it’s a new release, which is always great. And another part is that it has been getting great reviews all day. Playstation All Stars is a good choice…I guess. I bought it when it originally came out for PS Vita. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't something I enjoyed to much either. If your gonna play it though, perhaps free with PS Plus is the best way to do it.

After that I can’t really comment on the other games. I kind of remember Sportsfriends coming out a while ago, but remember feeling like it was a strange game. Hoard I have never actually heard of and the same can be said for TxK. Velocity 2X makes up for all of that though!

So how does everybody feel about this month’s PS Plus games? Be sure to tell me how you feel about them in the comments, and if you want to recommend any of these games please be sure to do so!

Lgndary Thoughts - Themes for Everyone!

Early this morning Sony had a Pre-TGS Press Conference. It wasn't the most exciting thing in the world, but at least we got to see a ton of games, and a few surprise announcements. Today I’m going to be talking about something that I have been waiting for for a long time. Themes! Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I had a ton of themes on my PS3. I remember being a little confused as to how they actually worked, and to this day I don’t even know for sure how they were made. But they were awesome! Sony actually let users create and upload custom themes. Most of mine would be Kingdom Hearts related, with random dynamic themes thrown in once and while. I would be surprised if they let users create their own themes like you could on PS3, the PS4’s home menu isn't really built for something like that anyway. Either way, it will be interesting to see exactly how themes work.

One thing that I would really like to see is the Light Bar color change with the theme. In the theme that Sony showed off in their press conference, the system icons were a yellow color. I would be neat if the Light Bar was that same color. As far as how you can customize, I like to think that it will work in a similar fashion to the PS3. Where you can set a theme to change the icons (and maybe other things like the light bar) but then change the actual background to be whatever you want it to be. Whether that be just a color, or maybe even a screenshot. 

I think the PS Vita’s UI would be a little bit more compatible with the kind of options the PS3 had. It shouldn't be too difficult for users to make their own little bubbles to load into the PS Vita. I have doubts that this will happen though. Sony has moved away from the openness in their systems that would require. But who knows! Maybe I’ll be wrong and there will be customization for each system!